Transparency was the key in this period, created by starting each painting by pouring highly diluted oil paint onto a horizontal canvas. The result was almost accidental forms which evolved through subsequent painting on the easel. Sometimes these thin veils of paint dominated the finished work. On other occasions layers of brush and knife work would leave only tiny glimpses visible. In some works bands and straight lines appeared to counteract the swirling movement and hold the eye on the canvas. Any sense of landscape was as much in the eye of the beholder as in the actual painting.